Erythrocebus


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Erythrocebus

 

a genus of monkeys of the family Cer-copithecidae, order Primates. Body length of the male, 58–75 cm; tail length, 62–74 cm; weight, 7.5–12.5 kg. The limbs are long, and the canine teeth are very large. The fur is usually reddish brown; the forearms, the underside of the body, and the tip of the tail are light yellow; the whiskers are white.

Erythrocebus monkeys are found in Africa south of the Sahara, in Senegal, the Sudan, Ethiopia, and Uganda. They live in wooded steppes and open savannas. In daytime they search for food (grasses, beans, fruits, grain, and small animals), taking cover in the tall grass. At night they perch in trees. They stay in groups of 5–30. The troop is often headed by an old female. The monkeys are very cautious; when Frightened they can run swiftly on their hind legs. Erythrocebus monkeys are kept in zoos.

M. F. NESTURKH

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